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Research Assistant - MaREI/ERI

15 May

Research Assistant - MaREI/ERI

Closing Date for Applications: 22 Jun 2018
School: MaREI / Environmental Research Insitute
College: College of Science, Engineering and Food Science
Contract Type: Fixed Term Whole-Time
Job Type: Research
Salary: €21,674-€34,269 p.a. (IUA Salary Scale)

Position Summary

Applications are invited for the post of Research Assistant to join the MaREI centre in University College Cork (UCC), based at the Beaufort Building, Haulbowline Rd, Ringaskiddy, Co. Cork, Ireland. MaREI is a key research centre within UCC’s Environmental Research Institute (ERI) and has over 20 years of experience in conducting fundamental and applied research supported by competitively won national and international funding, and commercial contracts with government agencies and industry. Research and consultancy in MaREI is undertaken by staff with a range of specialist backgrounds, all of whom work collaboratively in a project-focussed environment where inter-disciplinarily is encouraged and fostered.

The successful candidate will join the Coastal and Marine Systems Research Area within the Centre and contribute to Marine Governance research activities that focus on different aspects of coastal and marine research, processing and communicating research outputs. Knowledge and understanding of current marine and coastal policy at international, EU and Ireland levels, and experience with preparation of material for peer review and/or involvement in submissions to external bodies, would be advantageous. As such it is expected that applicants will have a post-graduate qualification (Masters) in marine science or an allied field.

Post Duration: 12 months

Salary: €21,674-€34,269 p.a. (IUA Salary Scale)



This title will apply to a person of appropriate qualifications, employed on a contract for the purpose of assisting in the performance of research in the University. A Research Assistant will usually work under the direction of one or more Principal Investigator’s/Senior Researchers within a dedicated laboratory on one or more research projects.



  • To help coordinate and implement communications strategies within a multi-national collaborative initiative.
  • To support the implementation of Stakeholder engagement and consultation activities.
  • To work under the direction of the Principal Investigator/Project Leader.
  • To provide assistance in conducting research activities, including planning, organizing, conducting, and communicating research studies within the overall scope of a research project.
  • To coordinate and perform a variety of independent and team activities involved in the collection, analysis, documentation and some interpretation of information/results.
  • To undertake tasks which may include recording results and preparing technical reports including conclusions and recommendations.
  • To coordinate the development of forms, questionnaires and the application of qualitative and quantitative research techniques; write procedures manuals for data collection and coding.
  • To present information on research progress and outcomes to others responsible for the research project.
  • To provide guidance as required to any support staff and/or research students assisting with the research project, as agreed with the Principal Investigator/Grant holder.
  • To contribute to the publication of findings.
  • To confer with the Principal Investigator in developing plans for research projects and to discuss the interpretation of results and the preparation of manuscripts for publication.
  • To perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein.


  • Experience in event organisation and management.
  • Experience in development and application of web-based communications tools
  • Experience in communication science to diverse audiences
  • A post-graduate qualification in a field of discipline relevant to the area of investigation - MSc in Environmental or Marine Science, Science Communication or equivalent.
  • Some research experience is desirable.
  • Good report writing and presentation skills
  • Previous laboratory experience and practices are desired.
  • Good analytical skills and computer skills.
  • An ability to work independently to a tight schedule.
  • Capability of working effectively within a team to achieve results.
  • Evidence of excellent organisational and communication skills.
  • High levels of initiative are encouraged.
  • Please note that Garda vetting and international police clearance check may form part of the selection process.

For Informal Enquiries on the post candidates should contact:

Name: Kathrin Kopke

Title: Lead Researcher, Ephemare Project

Email Address:

To Apply:

Please submit a short cover letter and C.V. to Grainne Lynch,, 00353 21 4864316, on or before the closing date 22nd June 2018.

University College Cork is an Equal Opportunities Employer 

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